Junior Boards at UAB Lend Vital Support
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Young Supporters Board
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Young Supporters Board was established in 2006 and is composed of Birmingham professionals ages 25 to 34. The mission of the board is to raise funds and awareness for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Several of the members are cancer survivors themselves, and several others lost one or both parents to the disease. Others are simply passionate about finding a cure to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.
The Young Supporters Board hosted its first-ever event, the Fiesta Ball, in the spring of 2007. This fun event was a huge success, raising funds for patient and family services at the cancer center. Since 2008, the proceeds from this annual Cinco de Mayo event are designated to support the research of a young scientist at the Cancer Center.
(Front row) Erin Lambert, Kelli Slocum, Kelsey Blair, Mary Ann Harvard, Rachel Powell, Andrew Case,
School of Nursing Junior Board of Visitors
Established in 2006, the Junior Board of Visitors of the UAB School of Nursing works to build awareness about the school to raise funds for scholarships and programs, enabling the school to recruit outstanding students and faculty. The junior board is composed of a young generation of community leaders who are passionate about supporting nursing education and the nursing profession. Some members have family members on the school’s Board of Visitors, and others have or know of children who have been affected by illnesses requiring hospitalization and understand the need for educated nurses at the bedside.
The Junior Board of Visitors sponsors a fund-raiser called the No-Show Ball, which supports the Junior Board of Visitors Endowed Pediatric Nursing Scholarship. Members help sell, assemble, and deliver dinner baskets to homes across the Birmingham community. The No-Show Ball continues to be a huge success, raising thousands of dollars in scholarship support.
Andrea Cofield, Sidney Clapp, Kate Hamilton, Ginny DeBardeleben, Ashelynn Falkenburg, Carolyn Jordan, Elizabeth McCoin, Sarah Peinhardt, Erin Kattus, Mary Katherine Cabaniss, Devon Davidson, and Meredith Robinson; (not pictured) Jim Beatty, Gerry Cabaniss, Meredith Calhoun, Ivy Watson Cardwell, Anna Cook,
School of Health Professions Junior Advisory Board
The School of Health Professions (SHP) Junior Advisory Board consists of 13 SHP graduates under the age of 35. These young alumni represent the five departments in the SHP. The purpose of the board is to engage the school’s alumni who have an interest in staying involved with the school, the university, and/or health care. This group also helps generate more awareness on campus and in the community about the school—to raise scholarship funds, increase alumni participation, acquire more local and national publicity, and address the needs and perspectives of recent graduates.
Goals include supporting the school by encouraging membership in one of the seven SHP alumni chapters and by participating in school/chapter events and activities, building a strong network of young alumni who will serve as future leaders of the Junior Advisory Board and remain engaged with the SHP and UAB, and advancing the SHP through fund-raising initiatives.
(Front row) Jenny Wilson, Stacy Bishop, and Dewayne Hamilton; (back row) Russell Doswell,
UAB Minority Health Young Professionals Board
The UAB Minority Health Young Professionals Board supports the community outreach initiatives of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC). The MHRC works to eliminate health disparities through research, to bring more minorities into careers in medicine and science, and to empower communities and individuals to take charge of their health by promoting healthy habits for adults and children.
The Young Professionals Board has a unique opportunity to make a direct impact on preventative minority-health efforts through their support of the Healthy Happy Kids nutrition and physical activity program. Members are ambassadors for the MHRC in the fight against childhood obesity. Each year the board hosts its signature event, the All-in Casino Royale, to raise funds to implement the Healthy Happy Kids program in area schools.
(Front row) Tammy Fincher, LaQuisha Thomas, Kimberly Perkins, Annie Damsky, Stephanie Mays,
UAB National Alumni Society Junior Alumni Board
The National Alumni Society (NAS) Junior Alumni Board is made up of 17 UAB graduates between the ages of 24 and 34 who represent a diverse cross section of graduates from all disciplines across campus. Members may be nominated through an open nomination process and must be selected and approved by the NAS Board of Directors.
The mission of the UAB NAS is to support the university in its pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service and to create, foster, and nurture a mutually beneficial relationship between the university, its students, and its alumni. Goals of the Junior Alumni Board include supporting the mission of the NAS by encouraging young alumni membership in the NAS and participating in the organization’s events and activities, building a strong network of young alumni who will serve as future leaders of the organization and remain engaged with UAB as ambassadors for the NAS, and advancing the NAS through various fund-raising initiatives that will maintain current scholarships and create new scholarship opportunities for UAB students.
(Front row) Haley Vance, Cheri Cunningham, Tamika Smith, Angela Petelos, Kyle Cutright,
ASC Junior Patrons Board
UAB’s Alys Stephens Center (ASC) Junior Patrons Board brings young professionals together who enjoy live performances, social events, and education. The board’s mission is to inspire a lifelong love of the arts in young professionals; to support ArtPlay, the ASC’s education and outreach initiative; and to serve as ambassadors of the ASC. Members of the ASC Junior Patrons Board help build the general ASC Junior Patrons membership by creating events that appeal to young professionals.
The signature fund-raiser of the group, College Rewind, is a spring backyard band party that benefits the ASC Junior Patrons Education and Outreach Fund. This fund helps the ASC maintain its commitment to provide high-caliber arts performances and arts education programs that are either low-cost or free to the community. The fund also provides scholarships to children who would otherwise not be able to access ArtPlay’s programs. Last year, the board funded transportation for 700 school children to attend the Meet the Artist Series. Since its inception, the ASC Junior Patrons Board has been instrumental in helping the ASC educate, inspire, and nurture creative growth and self-expression in children and adults.
(Front row) Trey Cummings III, Rahul Thadani, Devon Laney, Russell Cunningham IV, and Meredith Calhoun;